Sunday, March 8, 2015

Engine 2 Sweet Potato Lasagna

Engine 2 Lasagna

I'm in Plant Heaven!! I've been wanting to try this 100% plant-based sweet potato lasagna for a while now and I finally got the ingredients to do so! It is from the Engine 2 diet plan, and it's also featured in the Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue film on Netflix :)

I got all the ingredients at Whole Foods, and actually halfed the filling, yet it was still huge!! It would make an amazing family dish, to bring to a party, or just to have for several days without having to cook anymore! It does take quite a while to prep...but it's SO WORTH IT!!

Here's what you need--this is the halfed version (I got all these ingredients for under $30 at Whole Foods, also known as Whole Paycheck, shocking!):

-1 onion, chopped (I used sweet)
-1 small head of garlic (I used minced and a few cloves)
-1 head broccoli, chopped (I chopped them very thinly to make the layers even)
-5-7 baby carrots, chopped (I will probably omit these next time, as they do not cook all the way)
-1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
-1/2 can corn, drained
-1 package Silken Lite tofu 
-2 jars Engine 2 approved pasta sauce (available at Whole Foods, I used the red bell pepper-- absolutely delicious by the way, and SO fresh!)
-1 box whole grain lasagna noodles
-1 sweet potato (cooked and mashed, I used a purple one and it was so pretty!)
-3-4 roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
-1 cup raw cashews, ground (you can get these out of the bins at Whole Foods, super cheap!)
-Spices: cayenne, oregano, basil, rosemary (I didn't have Rosemary so I just added more cayenne)

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This sauce was OUT of this WORLD! I seriously felt like I was eating tomatoes fresh off the vine. It was so light and you can taste the peppers too--absolutely delicious. These shells are also amazing :)


How gorgeous are these?! I decided to go with the purple sweet potato and I'm so glad I did! 
So first, I washed, peeled, and chopped the sweet potato and boiled water. I placed the potato in the boiling water for about 10 minutes until it was soft enough to mash.

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It was so soft I just used a fork and mashed it in the strainer--set aside.

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Now it's time to chop all those veggies!! Once they are all washed and chopped to perfection, get a non-stick pan, and here's the awesome part about Engine 2 . . . instead of saturating the veggies with oil, you don't need anything! Put your burner on high heat, and drop the onions in with the garlic. Cook for about 3-4 minutes, I added some water to steam, but the onions have their own juices. If you like mushrooms, use them because they also have their own liquid to cook in.


I love that I didn't have to use oil. I feel like I actually TASTED the vegetable so much better this way, plus you're avoiding fat and unnecessary calories.

Remove onions when they soften and put into a big bowl. Next, sauté the broccoli and carrots for about 5 minutes. I added cayenne, water, and cooked for longer. Add them to the vegetable bowl, then cook the corn with the peppers just until they begin to soften--add to the veggie bowl.

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Now it's time to drain the tofu, and put it on paper towels. Break it up with your hands until it looks like feta, and put into the veggie bowl. Since it's Lite, it will be super soft and quick.

Add the spices to the veggie bowl, and mix it up with your hands. It will be very bright and beautiful!

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Now it's time to put together your lasagna!! You've done the most time consuming part, so preheat the oven to 400 and get out a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish. Slather it with a layer of sauce!

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This seriously smells SO good! Now add a layer of those whole wheat noodles. Cover them in sauce so they can cook properly in the oven. Spread the veggie mix over the sauced noodles. I used my hands and a spatula to do so.

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Cover with another layer of noodles followed by sauce. Optional: you can add raw spinach over the sauce, followed by the sweet potatoes. I just added the 1 purple sweet potato, but I wish I had two. 

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Check out those colors!! Add another layer of sauce, noodles, then sauce again. If you have more veggie topping, put it with the sweet potato layer, that is what I did (and I halved the recipe!)

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Now add those thinly sliced Roma Tomatoes on top! Cover the dish with foil, and bake for 45 minutes. 

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In the meantime, get out the cashews and put them in your Nutri Bullet, pulse for a few seconds. Sometimes there will be chunks, but it's still good!

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This is what it should look like. I used the smaller cup and the milling blade to make them ground up.

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After 45 minutes, remove the dish from the oven, take the foil off, and sprinkle the cashews on top of the tomatoes. Return to the oven for another 15 minutes. Let the lasagna sit for another 10 or so minutes before eating. It will look a tad liquidy, but it does solidify and tastes AMAZING!!

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Slice and enjoy!! This is super filling, but awesome news . . . you didn't consume meat, or dairy, or oil, or any animal products! This means you will not feel bloated, you won't feel guilty and overly full, and you have fueled your body properly! :D

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I mean look at this beauty! You really are tasting the rainbow here, and not artificially ;)

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NOM!! I hope you enjoyed this :) 

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